When I was approached for the dialogues for the Indian TV version of the American spy thriller,24 (whose rights were bought by Anil Kapoor recently),I knew it would be a challenge. Although I have written gangster movies before,I knew the treatment of this series needed to be different. The American original is slick,edgy and elite,with great effects and production qualities. Though we have adapted the screenplay into an Indian setting,we have maintained the flavour of the American tele-serial. My style of writing usually tends to have many punch lines. But for this serial I had to pay attention to not leave the lines entirely raw as I had done in Shootout at Wadala.
The lead is essayed by Anil Kapoor who plays the role of Jai Singh Rathore,an officer in the Anti Terror Unit. It is the same role that was essayed by Kiefer Sutherland in the American version. But Kapoors stature in the industry is much bigger than when Sutherland started doing 24. So I was conscious about that while writing lines for Kapoors character. His dialogues are sharp,punchy,have a certain finesse and are pun intended.
Since I have worked with Kapoor in Shootout…,I knew what he expected from me. I have written the dialogues for the first 15 episodes. Its promotion hits the screens in a few months and the show goes on air later this year.
Milap Zaveri is the dialogue writer for Shootout at Wadala
(As told to Debesh Banerjee)